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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Tue 07 Apr, 2015 1:17 pm    Post subject: Anglo Saxon inlaid Type L Spear Head by Petr Flornianek         Reply with quote

Just wanted to show my belated self Christmas present that recently arrived. And to publicly thank Petr for all the trouble the Post Office caused by repeatedly returning it to him!


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Johannes Zenker





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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr, 2015 11:30 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A nice piece.

Funny, though, how you basically couldn't have one of those here in Germany due to the inlaid Swastika. Running around in public places (e.g. flaunting your gear at a presentation/fair what have you) wouldn't make you very popular.
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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr, 2015 12:25 pm    Post subject: spear head         Reply with quote

Hi,
Thanks for the comments. I get tired of seeing the Confederate flag associated with skinheads and hate groups. Mostly those who get there history from Fox News
Robert
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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr, 2015 1:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, very nice. Lovely steel structure. Also, a swastika is a nice touch, but you might have to explain it a lot if you take it to an event... Wink
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr, 2015 3:38 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wonderful work, I know you are very happy with it Robert.

Aren't there some historical examples of spearheads with the circle and swatstika inlay? I seem to remember coming across them somewhere but cannot place it exactly.

Such a long time to get it, but I'm sure you are proud now.
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Robert Muse




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PostPosted: Wed 08 Apr, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Spear head         Reply with quote

Hey guys, thanks for the comments. I have another in my collection with similar markings. This isn't the spear head that mine was inspired by, but they don't seem really rare, that is spears with markings;

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Bronze spear head from Brandenburg including the ancient symbols of the triskelis and the triple dot



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Paul Mortimer




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Apr, 2015 12:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice Robert. Well done Petr.
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Andrew W




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PostPosted: Fri 10 Apr, 2015 7:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice!

Regarding how frequently you find inlayed decoration on Anglo-Saxon spears, while it is definitely well-documented, it's very rare. In the database I'm building for my PhD dissertation, I have 680 Anglo-Saxon spears from the 5-7th centuries. 3.2% of them (22/680) have some kind of inlay (often only visible when they're xrayed), but this inlay is almost always in the form of bands around the socket. There are only a handful of cases out of the 700 - I think only 3 or 4 - where you get a symbol laid into the actual blade.

Inlay like this was a very special thing.

The classic article on the topic is by Vera Evison: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0003581500048587
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sat 11 Apr, 2015 6:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Andrew W wrote:


Inlay like this was a very special thing.



It is a very low figure, especially when compared to the spearheads from the Danish bog deposits.

"If a Greek can do it, two Englishman certainly can !"
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